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The Eric Carle Museum
of Picture Book Art
  • 125 West Bay Road
  • Amherst, MA 01002


  • Thursday, Friday10 am-3 pm
  • Saturday 10am – 4 pm
  • Sunday 12 pm - 4 pm

Closed Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday

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Making Art Together

Colorful Pens Inspire Children's Stories

One of the things I do here at The Carle is lead studio activities for guided tours. The groups that come are primarily K-2nd grade classes, but we welcome preschool through seniors citizen groups too. One spring's guided-group project, inspired by the motivation behind Eric Carle's creation of Slowly, Slowly, Slowly Said the Sloth, was to make a story about something important to you. READ MORE

Family Art Program at Dorman School

The Carle Studio has taken to the road this summer in conjunction with the implementation of a grant from the Funder Collaborative for Reading Success. The goal of these programs is to strengthen and advance early literacy skill development in children from birth to age 9 to ensure children in Springfield are reading at a proficient level by fourth grade. Each Tuesday afternoon in July we are providing a Family Camp at the Hiram L. Dorman School in Springfield, MA to make art and discuss books. READ MORE

Bookmaking Workshop

I wanted to share some photos from the bookmaking workshop I lead this past weekend for forty educators as part of the three day Educators Institute The Carle co-hosted with Smith College, Learning Through the Arts and Literature: A Collaboration Celebrating Innovation and Inspiration in International Education. The conference featuring colleagues from Pistoia, Italy and local educators; all of whom possess exceptional passion and expertise in the field of education for young children. READ MORE

Kids Illustration Class with Micha Archer

One of my favorite things about The Carle is its proximity to so many acclaimed picture book artists and writers. Micha Archer, one such artist, creates brilliantly colored collages for books, book covers, and magazines. She even designed stamps for the Massachusetts State Park system. In addition to being skilled at her craft, she's also a former elementary teacher. Needless to say, I'm thrilled that she's offering an illustration class for 10-13 yr. READ MORE

Bookmaking with Second Graders

Last week I spent two days at Fausey Elementary School in West Springfield, MA teaching the the four second grade classes how to make two different styles of books. Based on the feedback from the children, their favorite part of the 75-minute class was learning how to turn a simple accordion book into a pop-up, complete with secret doors and tabs. READ MORE


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